Designation honors next generation of civic leaders
Susan Balog, a resident of East Stroudsburg and a student at Northampton Community College (NCC), has been named a Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents committed to fulfilling the public purpose of higher education. The Newman Civic Fellow designation honors students who represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders.
Balog earned an associate degree in psychology at NCC in January 2015 and will receive a second associate degree, in secondary education, from the College, in May 2015.
At NCC, Balog is president of the Education Club and is the founder and leader of the Comedy Club, which will bring aspiring comedians together and establish a new NCC scholarship.
She is a peer tutor at NCC's Learning Center, and a member of Psi Beta, the psychology honor society. She is also an intern through the Luke William Hahn Foundation, assisting in grief counseling in schools.
In the past, Balog served as president of the College's Anthropology Club and taught elementary school students about anthropology as part of the Student Outreach Program. Through Psi Beta, she formed the De-Stress Fest, to assist students near final exam week. She also led art therapy sessions. Additionally, she volunteered at the Women's Resource Center and a rock-climbing facilitator at Stony Acres, an outdoors recreational area in Martin's Creek.
She plans to continue her education towards a bachelor's degree in education. Her goal is to become an art therapist.
"The most rewarding aspect in my life has been 'giving'; giving advice, or time, or a hand - sometimes even in simply giving another the knowledge you are there for them. When you give these things within your community, they flourish and spread like a ripple."
"The most rewarding aspect in my life has been 'giving'; giving advice, or time, or a hand - sometimes even in simply giving another the knowledge you are there for them," Balog says. "When you give these things within your community, they flourish and spread like a ripple."
"Susan is admired and respected by her professors and peers throughout campus," says Dr. Mark Erickson, president of Northampton Community College.